Munich, Germany

Self-Drive Bavaria

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Exeter International White Glove Self-Drive Program Includes:

  • A pre-programmed GPS system for you to use while in Europe.
  • Every day will be set up for you and you can’t get lost!
  • 24-hours local help line available to you as you travel and manned exclusively by Exeter local staff.
  • Our expert advice in finding the perfect car for your trip. Your car will be waiting for you to pick up locally and will show you exactly where to return it when you are finished.
  • The freedom to deviate and explore on your own and then jump back into your planned itinerary at any time.

For custom luxury travel, tours and self drive programs to Croatia and Slovenia, please contact one of our travel experts.

Download a PDF itinerary here.

ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

$4,250 per person, based on two guests traveling.  Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability.

Day 1
Arrival | Berchtesgaden

Arrival into Munich, where you will pick up your rental vehicle at the airport.

After receiving your vehicle, plug in your GPS and choose your first destination from the favorites, which is Kempinski Berchtesgaden; an approximate 2 1⁄2 hour drive away.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and amenities that surround this 5-star hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Exeter Services: No Services

Hotel: Kempinski Berchtesgaden

Day 2
Berchtesgaden & Salzburg | Berchtesgaden & Salzburg

Today you will visit the village of Berchtesgaden and the surrounding sites independently. In the Bavarian Alps, above the Obersalzberg stands the former mountain residence of Hitler. It offers magnificent views across the snowcapped peaks of the surrounding mountains.

You will drive along the Königseeache, through the lovely valley and picturesque farmland to Unterau you start your ascent to the Obersalzberg. Here you stop to see what is left of Hitler’s mountain compound and to enjoy the wonderful panorama (view of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest).

Afterwards, head towards the city of Salzburg, Austria nearby for a city walking overview tour. You will meet your guide in the center of the city. Salzburg’s Old Town is world-famous for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers in Europe.

The Hohensalzburg Fortress, strategically located on a hill overlooking the old town, is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Originally built in the 11th century as a simple bailey with wooden walls, the structure was gradually expanded and strengthened in the following centuries. Because the fortress never came under a military siege and was surrendered without a fight to Napoleon’s army, this is one of the best-preserved castles in Europe.

You will also see the Salzburg Cathedral, a 17th-century Baroque building which was the site of Mozart’s baptism. You can also see the Benedictine St. Peter’s abbey, the oldest monastery in Austria. The Romanesque abbey church, still in use today, was dedicated in the 12th century. Its interiors were refurbished in the Rococo style in the 18th century. The abbey also houses the oldest library in Austria including 800 ancient manuscripts and some 100,000 volumes, focusing on medieval church history, art history, and items relating to the local history of Salzburg.

You will say good-bye to your guide and you will have the rest of your day at leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide (3 Hours)

Hotel: Kempinski Berchtesgaden

Day 3
Berchtesgaden - Schloss Elmau | Berchtesgaden - Schloss Elmau

After check-out, take a drive with your rental vehicle to the countryside hotel of Schloss Elmau, which is an approximate 3-hour drive.

Along the way if you wish, stop at the famous King Ludwig castle, Schloss Herrenchiemsee. This castle is located on an island in the middle of a Bavarian Alpine lake. This castle is based on Versailles in France. King Ludwig had a fascination with King Phillip XIV, the Sun-god King and wanted to be like him. This castle, like other built during his reign is incomplete.

There is a small island, Frauenchiemsee, located across from the palace that you can visit a nunnery that was established in the early middle ages and is still in operation today.

After your visit, take the rest of your drive to Schloss Elmau, a beautiful countryside resort. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Exeter Services: No Services

Hotel: Schloss Elmau

Day 4
Bavarian Countryside | Bavarian Countryside

Enjoy your day of leisure deep into the Bavarian Alps checking out the castles left behind by King Ludwig II. Today you may visit Neuschwanstein, one of the most recognized symbols of Bavaria. It took 17 years and over 6 million Gold Marks to turn “Mad” King Ludwig II’s fantasy into reality. Set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, the castle overlooks the idyllic 700-year-old medieval village of Füssen. The views from the castle and from the nearby town are priceless.

Although the castle is still, to this day, unfinished, the interior is stunning. Neuschwanstein is designed in the authentic style of old German knights’ castles and is decorated in themes from Wagner’s operas.

The castle is extraordinarily busy all summer long. We avoid lines as much as possible by booking a pre-set entrance time. Please note you will tour with other participants. You will also have tickets to get to the castle in the horse and carriage system operated by the castle administration.

If you want to explore more castle, try Hohenschwangau across the valley, which you can see from Neuschwanstein or Linderhof Castle. Hohenschwangau is where King Ludwig II grew up and Linderhof Castle is the only palace that he saw to completion before his mysterious death in 1886.

If you do not want to see castle, you may explore the famous skiing village of Garmish-Partenkirchen or Wies church. It is a UNESCO-protected baroque landmark. Completely unassuming from the outside, the interior of this church is magnificently decorated and is a highlight of Bavarian rococo architecture.

Exeter Services: No Services

Hotel: Schloss Elmau

Day 5
Schloss Elmau - Munich | Schloss Elmau - Munich

 

After check-out, you will be heading to Munich, the capital city of Bavaria. Head to the rental car drop off point, which has been programmed into your GPS.

Founded as a fortified trade settlement on the bank of the Isar River in the 12th Century, Munich was later granted a monopoly in the salt trade, which was so important in the Middle Ages, thus gradually growing in wealth and importance. In the early 16th century, it became the capital of Bavaria and reached its greatest growth in the 19th Century. Famous for hosting the annual Oktoberfest beer festival, Munich also has a multitude of architectural monuments, excellent historic sights, museums, and shopping.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.

Exeter Services: No Services

Hotel: Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

Day 6
Munich | Munich

This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on an overview walking tour of Munich’s Old Town.

You will first head to Marienplatz (Mary’s Square), which has been Munich’s focal point since it was first laid in the 1300s. It is here where the famous Glockenspiel Clock can be seen! Next, you may wish to see the historic Frauenkirche church, whose towers were the only parts that survived the war bombings. It is one of Germany’s largest Gothic buildings, able to accommodate a congregation of up to 20,000.

Your guide will also take you to Viktualienmarkt, the open-air food market frequented by locals and tourists alike. It’s a great place to pick up a fresh pretzel for a snack. On your way there, you may want to step inside St. Peter’s Church, the oldest parish church in the city and referred by locals as “Old Peter”. If you are interested, you can climb the 300 steps to the tower to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city center, reaching as far as the Alps during clear days.

Continue your tour with a stop at Feldherrnhalle – Field Marshals’ Hall, a monumental loggia modeled after the one in Florence, and mostly known for being the site of the brief battle that ended Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in 1923.

You will finally reach the Residenz – the former residence of the Bavarian kings. Restored to its original form after the bombings of the Second World War, the huge palace complex now contains seven courtyards, lavish living quarters and several museums, as well as the richly gilded Rococo Cuvilliés Theater. You will see it from the outside and you will also stroll along Ludwigstrasse, one of the four royal avenues in the city. If you wish, head to the Englischen Garten, the largest urban park in the world.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

Day 7
Departure | Departure

Today your driver will meet you in your hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport to meet your departing flight.

Exeter Services: Departure Transfer

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